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Principal / Sr. Principal Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Process Engineer

Requisition ID: R10067249

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Linthicum, Maryland, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking an exceptionally talented, motivated, and creative Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Process Engineer for our Advanced Technology Lab (ATL) - located outside of Baltimore, Maryland - where we design, manufacture, and test semiconductor products for internal and commercial production customers as well as emerging technology programs.


Northrop Grumman’s ATL semiconductor foundry has the unique capability of supporting a range of production microelectronic devices (Silicon, Gallium Arsenide, Gallium Nitride, Silicon Carbide, Carbon Nanotubes) and providing leading edge technology development in superconducting electronics. Our devices enable a number of Northrop Grumman’s ground based radars, avionic radars, and space systems. Join us for the chance to work with an amazing, experienced, and talented team while helping serve your country. Enjoy the opportunity to grow and learn with a variety of challenging projects in R&D, ongoing long term programs, and new programs targeting future military platforms.


Our multidisciplinary foundry team enables activities from development to sustainment process engineering. ATL is responsible for all aspects of semiconductor technology including design, mask making, wafer fabrication, test, and assembly. The candidate must be a strong team participant, have excellent communication skills, and be resourceful and multitalented. A strong understanding of semiconductor technology and PVD process and equipment engineering is essential.


The PVD Process Engineer must possess knowledge of sputtering and / or evaporation techniques and practices.

The PVD Process Engineer will be responsible for:
1. Sustaining existing production and development PVD processes
2. Designing and executing process/equipment improvement projects
3. Developing new processes based on production and development program requirements
4. Establishing standard operating procedures and engaging the production team to ensure these are followed
5. Training technicians and maintaining process documentation.

This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on the qualifications below:

This requisition may be filled at either the Principal or Senior Principal level.


Basic Qualifications for Principal Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Process Engineer:
-Bachelors in Electrical, Chemical, Materials or Mechanical Engineering or other relevant technical discipline and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in a Semiconductor Fab (3 years with a technical Masters and 0 with a PhD)
-Must be familiar with evaporation and / or sputtering techniques and practices
-Hands-on experience with evaporators and / or sputtering equipment from OEMs like CHA Industries, KDF, Materials Research Corp., Temescal, Evatec, Angstrom Engineering, PERKIN-ELMER, and Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT)
-Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance

Basic Qualifications for Senior Principal  Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Process Engineer:
-Bachelors in Electrical, Chemical, Materials or Mechanical Engineering or other relevant technical discipline and a minimum of 9 years of relevant experience in a Semiconductor Fab (7 years with a technical Masters and 4 with a PhD)
-Must be familiar with evaporation and / or sputtering techniques and practices
-Hands-on experience with evaporators and / or sputtering equipment from OEMs like CHA Industries, KDF, Materials Research Corp., Temescal, Evatec, Angstrom Engineering, PERKIN-ELMER, and Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT)
-Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:
-Experience in developing new processes and sustaining legacy processes in an R&D environment
-Experience in structured problem-solving methodology
-Experience leading and guiding fab operation teams
-Experience developing technical specifications for process material procurement
-Experience developing technical specifications for equipment procurement
-Advanced knowledge of statistical process control (SPC)
-Active Secret clearance


Salary Range: $96,900 USD - $145,300 USD
Salary Range 2: $120,000 USD - $180,000 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.